He, along with Adam Duce, Logan Mader and Tony Constanza formed the seminal groove band Machine Head. Vio-lence started to record their third and last studio album aptly titled Nothing To Gain, which was released in 1993 and was followed by Perry Strickland's departure, the result of the drummer's decision being the dissolution of the band. Phil Demmel, Dean Dell, Ray Vega and Mark Hernandez formed a half-thrash band called Torque which disbanded after releasing a studio album and playing several live shows. Demmel then went to form industrial rock band Technocracy. Robb Flynn remains active in the metal community as the guitarist and singer of Machine Head.
Phil Demmel is now in Machine Head and has been since before the release of Through the Ashes of Empires. Vio-lence has re-released its debut album Eternal Nightmare as a 2-disc set including rare tracks and a live concert. Initially planning only a few shows as part of the tribute to Testament's Chuck Billy during the Thrash Of The Titans benefit, the band decided to reunite with early guitarist Troy Fua replacing Robb Flynn. In April 2003, the other guitarist Phil Demmel, joined Machine Head as a full-time member after previously serving as a temporary guitarist which ended the Vio-lence comeback trail. In addition to their 2005 re-release of Eternal Nightmare, the band released a 7 inch vinyl record containing two demo tracks from their original 1986 demo tape as well as one previously unreleased track. Only 1000 copies were produced and pressed by BoneCrusher Records. The 7 inch collectible was well marketed and advertised, but due to disagreements between the band and the BoneCrusher record producers, only Vio-lence was allowed to distribute and sell the 500 given to them by the producers. A deal was made to distribute a small quantity (about 100) through a Seattle record store, the only known store to stock the item for sale to the public. A DVD entitled Blood And Dirt was produced by Tales From The Pit Productions and released on August 8, 2006 through Megaforce Records.
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